BACK YARD AT BUCKINGHAM
It is a spectacular palace. I'd seen it from the outside many times, never from the inside.
When my recent visit coincided with a brief period that parts of the palace were open for public tours - I jumped at the chance. The tour is just a few rooms, just one part of one wing of the expansive and expensive royal dwelling. They are the state rooms, the areas where VIP visitors (heads of state etc.) are taken....without an admission fee. You can't take pictures inside so here are a couple from the guide book. The throne room, then the ballroom.
I was in the White House a few months ago and I have to say that this is very similar, but a little grander and a lot bigger! It is spectacular. It's also kind of strange when you realize you're walking on the same marble floors and thick carpets where so many VIP's have set foot.
When you leave you are in the back yard at Buckingham Palace. You can take pictures there.
This is me on the vast back lawn...a place where the Princes used to play and the Corgis still do.
From there you walk down a long path on the outskirts of the grounds to an exit gate. It's a peaceful area with a pond and lots of plant life. While other visitors just made their way out. I had to stop. This tree caught my eye.
It's a Catalpa Bignoniaceae...apparently also known as an Indian Bean Tree or a Cigar Tree. My cousin saw this picture and said it reminded her of a Whomping Willow from Harry Potter!
Call it what you want I think it's amazing. It's jewel outside the palace, not on the tour, but worth stopping to look at for a few minutes. I did.
We'll talk again soon.
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